As we prepare for the 2013 NFL Draft in these parts I came to the realization that the very first Draft I covered as a blogger, the 2009 Draft class, have all completed their rookie contracts, and I can now be held accountable for the grades I assigned the Vikings back in my first days of blogging at VikingsGab.com.
Every year we dismiss draft grades as useless opinions that couldn’t possibly be accurate prior to these guys even stepping on an NFL field. With the career paths of the 2009 class now taking shape, however, I thought it’d be fun to go back and see just how useless my grades were exactly. The entire post of my 2009 draft grades an analysis can be read right here.
WR Percy Harvin (First Round, Pick 22)
What I said then:
GRADE: “C” There is no denying that Harvin could become a premier player with his game changing abilities, but he also runs the risk of doing more damage than good if his character flaws come out again. For now a “C” until he earns the respect of Minnesota fans. The fact that he was chosen over offensive tackle Michael Oher is another reason why I didn’t give the Vikings a higher grade here.
What I say now:
The Vikings ended up getting an elite talent out of Harvin, but health and character issues did indeed taint his time in Minnesota, which ended up seeing him shipped to Seattle for three picks including the 25th overall selection this year. Harvin was that year’s Offensive Rookie of the Year and made multiple Pro Bowls as a return man. I was wrong about Michael Oher being the superior player here, but only one of those two guys is still with the team that drafted him.